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While the Paris climate summit is set to launch the world towards renewable energy, UK energy secretary Amber Rudd is backing nuclear power and gasThe UK’s new energy policy, sketched out on Wednesday by Amber Rudd, will keep the lights on. That’s the good news. But it makes meeting the UK’s carbon emissions targets harder and will cost energy bill payers more
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2015-11-18 09:20:45
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Subsidies will be slashed by 89% in January, just as solar was winning wider plauditsIt was right of the government to offer generous subsidies to the first households installing roof-top solar electricity panels. Yes, the beneficiaries were wealthier households with up to £20,000 to spare. But it kick-started explosive growth in the industry which helped to push down the cost of later installations, now on around 655,000 roofs across the UK
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2015-11-14 01:00:11
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Countries are realising the cost of their dependence on oil and coal, says International Energy AgencyBetween the tropics and probably as far as the 33rd parallel, the sun could soon be a major source of energy for households and businesses alike. Countries such as Mexico and Indonesia, long dependent on cheap home-produced oil and coal, are realising that a solar panel on every roof can reduce poverty by lowering energy costs as well as minimising the destabilising weather effects from higher CO2 emissions
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2015-11-10 12:59:12
Thursday, October 29th, 2015      Leave a Comment
RWE Innogy announces support of Siemens Financial Services, Macquarie Capital and UK’s Green Investment BankConstruction of a £1.5bn windfarm off the Suffolk coast is to go ahead in November with the creation of nearly 800 jobs, after three new partners were found to back the project.
The future of the Galloper windfarm was left in doubt last year when energy company SSE pulled out of the project, blaming the cost and the subsidy regime
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2015-10-29 19:01:02
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015      Leave a Comment
Climate Change Committee say that onshore windfarms and large solar projects will soon be cost competitive with gas, given expected cost of carbonOnshore wind and large solar farms are likely to be competitive on cost with gas-fired power generation by the end of this decade, according to the government’s climate change advisers, but only if gas pays its fair share through a carbon price
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2015-10-22 00:01:00
Sunday, October 18th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Trade body says scheme would add just £1 to bills by 2019 and comes in response to government plans to cut subsidies for rooftop solar panels by 87%The solar power industry has proposed an emergency plan to rescue renewables, which it says would add just £1 to consumer bills by 2019, on top of the £9 a year that clean technology subsidies cost bill payers
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2015-10-18 18:01:02
Thursday, October 8th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Ten times as many of the jobs lost at Redcar are at risk under the government’s plans to cut solar power subsidies by 87% – and it may be schools that suffer most
Ministers rightly wring their hands over the 2,200 jobs being lost at the 98-year-old Redcar steelworks hit by low-cost Chinese competition
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2015-10-08 14:24:39
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015      Leave a Comment
The Mark Group blames recent government policy announcements for scuppering turnaround planAlmost 1,000 jobs were lost on Wednesday night as one of the UK’s leading solar- panel installers went into administration blaming government changes in energy policy for its downfall.The Mark Group said it had been to bring in insolvency specialists because it was unviable due to ongoing losses at the Leicester-based business
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2015-10-07 17:47:22
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Falling costs mean new windfarms are now £20 cheaper per megawatt hour than coal or gas-fired plants, according to new analysis New onshore windfarms are now the cheapest way for a power company to produce electricity in Britain, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).Costs have dropped to $85 (£55) per megawatt hour (MWh) compared with the current costs of about $115 for constructing coal or gas-fired plants, its analysis found
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2015-10-07 09:43:20
Monday, September 21st, 2015      Leave a Comment
The melting of the Arctic permafrost and the subsequent release of carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere will alone add an extra $43 trillion (£33tn) cost of climate change to the global economy by the end of the next century, scientists have calculated.

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2015-09-21 10:22:04
Sunday, September 20th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Report expects a rise in wind energy from 13GW to 77GW, with solar rising from 5GW to 28GW, but could cost up to £227bnBritain can produce 85% of its power via renewable energy by 2030 provided it undergoes significant changes in energy production and use, according to a new study by Greenpeace.The study attempts to counter the argument that only fossil fuels and nuclear power can keep the lights on for the next few decades
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2015-09-20 12:10:28
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015      Leave a Comment
We, the undersigned, believe that global warming can be addressed without adding significant economic costs or burdening taxpayers with more debt. A sensible approach to tackling climate change will not only pay for itself but provide economic benefits to the nations of the world.The aspiration of the Global Apollo Programme is to make renewable energy cheaper than coal within 10 years
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2015-09-15 13:36:32
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government's proposal for biofuels use will hit consumers at the pump, according a study prepared for an oil group, just months after regulators refuted similar claims and as pressure mounts ahead of a deadline to finalize the plan.

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2015-09-09 09:34:58
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015      Leave a Comment
Up to 10 farms to be built across Australia through grants and loans in move aimed to make cost of large-scale solar comparable with wind-generated power Related: Canning byelection poll: renewable energy trumps national security Up to 10 new large-scale solar farms are to be built across Australia through $350m in funding from two government renewable energy bodies, following the creation of the southern hemisphere’s largest solar farm in New South Wales
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2015-09-08 20:38:13
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015      Leave a Comment
A case study from the US shows benefits of using clean and renewable energy to power up home and cars outweigh costs, reports The Huffington Post
Early adopters are consumers who aspire to own the newest gadget even if it means paying top price. When it came to a renewable energy plan for our home and automobiles, we were no exceptions
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2015-09-08 10:35:06